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Meet the Director of Pariah, Dee Rees

Posted January 28, 2011

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Dee Rees, the director of Pariah, which Focus recently acquired out of Sundance, did a video introduction to herself and her film as part of the “Meet the Artists,” a series of video profiles put together by the Sundance Institute. Enjoy.

 

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Beginners trailer Begins at Apple Trailers

Posted January 28, 2011

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The trailer for Mike Mill’s sweet-hearted comedy Beginners just started on Apple Trailers. Writer/director Mike Mills has crafted a special film about love and loss, and everything in between. Ewan McGregor plays Oliver, a graphic designer who by accident meets Anna (Melanie Laurent), a vivacious young actress, only months after Oliver has lost his father, Hal (Christopher Plummer), a man who at 75 came out of the closet and found love again. The tone and story is utterly charming. If you don’t believe me, check out the trailer.

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Focus picks up Sundance Fav Pariah

Posted January 28, 2011

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Focus Features has acquired worldwide rights to Pariah from writer/director Dee Rees. The film, which debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, expands a short film by the same name that Ms. Rees debuted at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Adepero Oduye plays the main character Alike, a 17-year-old African-American woman coming out as a lesbian––she also appeared it the 2008 short. This feature got remarkable attention during Sundance. Kyle Smith of The New York Post wrote that Pariah is “emotionally satisfying…with a likeable and believable heroine at its core.” Andrew Barker of Variety wrote that actress Adepero Oduye gives “a wonderful lead performance.”

Focus Features CEO James Schamus noted, “Dee Rees has made a debut film that celebrates with astonishing artistry the journey of a young woman who simply never gives up on the power of love. We’re thrilled to join her on this next step of a remarkable journey.” The love was share by Ms. Rees who added, “We’re thrilled to be working with Focus Features. They’re such smart marketers and they love movies, so that we knew Focus was the perfect home for Pariah. We are excited for the film to reach the broadest audience possible.” For complete info, go to the Focus Features Press Release.

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Annette Bening on The Tonight Show: What Did Whoopie Do?

Posted January 27, 2011

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Annette Bening, fresh from her Golden Globe win and Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her performance in The Kids Are All Right, sat down with Jay Leno on The Tonight Show. She tales a sweet story about how when she was first nominated for an Oscar, the nominees got together and agreed that whoever won would take the rest out for dinner. Find out what happened:

 

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Meet the Characters of Jane Eyre on Yahoo Movies

Posted January 27, 2011

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Whether you getting ready for the release of Cary Fukunaga’s new adaptation of Jane Eyre—or cramming for your lit class on Charlotte Bronte––Yahoo Movies is there to help you. Up now is a photo gallery of the characters (and the actors who play them) from the novel and the movie. Remember Mr. Brocklehurst? Maybe not, but the actor Simon McBurney will refresh your memory.

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Say “I Do” on the Sag Online Auction for Annette Bening And Julianne Moore’s Wedding Rings From The Kids Are All Right

Posted January 27, 2011

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Act quick! The Screen Actors Guild’s Online Auction (running until Monday January 31) is offering the wedding rings worn by Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne Moore) in Lisa Cholodenko’s The Kids Are All Right. How apropos! The film itself is up for three SAG nominations: Ensemble Cast; Best Actress (Annette Bening); Best Supporting Actor (Mark Ruffalo). Not only can you get the perfect item to maybe, some day, propose to your special other, but you’ll be helping out a number of worthwhile charities. The SAG Award Auctions “Auctions benefit the SAG Foundation to help make possible the Foundation's public children's literacy programs: BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools) and Storyline Online. The auction also supports programs providing emergency relief to SAG members in economic distress, video and audio preservation of the creative legacy of SAG members, scholarships for performers and their children, emergency funds for members with catastrophic illnesses and The Actor’s Center.”

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The Eagle’s Donald Sutherland Gets his Hollywood Star

Posted January 26, 2011

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Of course, Donald Sutherland, who will be appearing in The Eagle, will always be a star in our minds. But it’s great they made it official. Today, with over 120 films to his name, the 75-year-old star became the 2,430th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Keeping it in the family, Sutherland’s star will be right next to that of his son Kiefer Sutherland. His son couldn't be there, but he had actor Colin Farrell read a letter in which Kiefer Sutherland expressed: "I selfishly wanted to be there to simply tell you how proud I am to have you as my father and how even more proud I am to be your son." To learn about the star, check out our Donald Sutherland: People in Film. Here's a clip from The Eagle with Mr. Sutherland:

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Annette Bening at Newsweek Roundtable: Being pregnant during Oscars

Posted January 25, 2011

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Newsweek invited a group of potential Oscar winners this year to talk about, well, everything, from Facebook––no one is on it––to being pregnant. Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right), James Franco (127 Hours), Colin Firth (The King’s Speech), Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole), Natalie Portman (Black Swan), and Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine) join Newsweek moderators Ramin Setoodeh and David Ansen for this free-spirited talk about the life of an Oscar contender. Bening relates her hilarious story of going to the Oscars very pregnant, a helpful lesson for fellow panelist Natalie Portman.

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Oscar-Nominated Cast/Crew of The Kids Are All Right Thank The Academy

Posted January 25, 2011

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When the Oscar-nominated cast and crew from Lisa Cholodneko's comedy The Kids Are All Right heard of their nominations today, the overall expression was one of gratitude. Here, in their own words, are the nominees:

Mark Ruffalo, Performance by an actor in a supporting role: It is with great honor and humility that I receive my Oscar nomination. I have been included with a group of top-notch actors who I respect and admire. I am humbled to be in their presence. I also would like to acknowledge the power of ensemble acting. The kind of acting that happened in this movie does not exist in a bubble. Any honor that I receive must be shared with Julianne Moore, Annette Bening, Josh Hutcherson, Mia Wasikowska, the rest of the cast, and of course the inimitable Lisa Cholodenko. Thank you to the Academy. This nomination is a win for Marriage Equality and that is the most I could hope for.

Annette Bening, Performance by an actress in a leading role: 4 nominations and 4 kids. I am damn proud!

Lisa Cholodenko, Original Screenplay: It's incredible to think that this morning's Oscar nominations go back 7 years to the fateful day Stuart Blumberg and I crossed paths in a Los Angeles coffee shop and agreed to write KIDS together. If luck is preparation meeting opportunity, then that was the opportunity, hands down! I'm thrilled that I'll be at the Kodak Theatre next month with Stuart, Mark Ruffalo, Annette Bening, Jeff Levy-Hinte, and my other producers who worked so hard to get this film made. I only regret that Julianne Moore didn't get the acting nomination she so richly deserved. But the Picture nomination is as much hers as ours. We couldn't have made this film without her heart, smarts and loyalty, not to mention her outstanding performance. 

Stuart Blumberg, Original Screenplay: Try as I could to act cool and not care, as soon as I heard our names called, I started crying like a little kid. Pardon the cliché, but this truly is a dream come true. I want to thank the Academy for this most phenomenal honor. -

Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, Producer, Best Picture: We are overjoyed that the Academy gave our film four nominations -- what a journey, from years getting the movie together to Sundance last year to the Kodak Theatre next month! We made the film because we had something to say about the power of love, and I want to thank the Academy members from the bottom of my heart for showing us their love!

Gary Gilbert, Producer, Best Picture: We’re grateful to be acknowledged by the AMPAS voters as being among the year’s Best Pictures in what was a strong year for our industry – and are ecstatic that Annette Bening, Mark Ruffalo, and Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg are all nominated as well.

Celine Rattray, Producer, Best Picture: It took 7 years, 13 financiers, and a 23-day shoot to make our film a reality. By recognizing Kids, the Academy has not only honored us but has given hope and inspiration to the independent film community.

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Four Oscar noms for The Kids Are All Right

Posted January 25, 2011

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Early this morning in Beverly Hills, Tom Sherak, the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the actress Mo’Nique announced the nominations for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards. Among the top contenders is Lisa Cholodenko’s The Kids Are All Right with Four Nominations: Best Pictures; Actress in a Leading Role (Annette Bening); Actor in a Supporting Role (Mark Ruffalo); and Writing—Original Screenplay (Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg). The awards ceremony will be February 27, 2011.

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